Raves Busted by L.A. Cops Checking Social Media
Kids, you think you're slick, but you're not. Those same social networks you use to tell your faithful about the upcoming party are the same ones being monitored by L.A. County sheriff's deputies.
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And they're not coming to twerk. They're coming to bust the doors down. The department announced today that it shut down two raves, one before it even got started, in the Antelope Valley this month:
Deputies say the department's social-network monitoring eComm Unit was on top of things early when it discovered a party, named for an unspecified drug, that was brewing in the extreme northern portion of L.A. county off the 5 freeway (so extreme that it was almost in Kern county) on Aug. 17.
"The music could be heard from nearly five miles away," said Sgt. Kevin Pearcy.
Cops actually sent two undercover officers inside the party, according to the sheriff's department. They saw what they thought was a drug dealer plying his wares but they were unable to nab him as he fled into the desert, deputies said.
Lt. Larry Gregg:
Inside the party, the undercover deputies saw what they thought to be illegal drug sales by a suspect. That person eventually fled into the desert as radio cars approached, but it does show what occurs at these parties.
Authorities even dispatched a helicopter to hover above the scene, deputies said.
About 200 ravers were sent home at 11 p.m., according to the department. Authorities said 800 people stated on social media that they would attend, indicating that the event "was expected to continue to grow in size if left unchecked."
Cops were most concerned about drug use and driving under the influence. Gregg:
I have seen ... tremendous amounts of nitrous oxide, methamphetamine, molly and bath salts being used by these young adults.
Four ravers were cited and released for unspecified misdemeanor allegations, cops said. The property owner was warned. And the promoters were still being investigated for possible charges, the sheriff's department stated.
Last Friday eComm was on it again, this time preventing a warehouse party in the Antelope Valley from happening before it got a chance to start, officials said.
Deputies got to the owner and promoter and the plug was pulled, they said. The event was promoted as a "lock in," authorities said, ostensibly because party-goers would not be able to leave once they arrived.
Sheriff's Capt. Patrick Nelson:
These events, because of what they bring with them, illegal drug use and underage drinking will not be permitted in the City of Lancaster or in the County areas. Without permits these event cannot be held legally. Without permits these event cannot be held legally.